Pope’s quotes: Path of consecrated life

A quote from Pope Francis:

“The path of consecrated life is that which follows Jesus. … If at the center of my life … there is the fact of being opposed to a bishop, or a parish priest, or another priest, my entire life is absorbed by this battle. But this means losing your life! Not having a family, not having children, not having conjugal love, which is so good and beautiful, just to end up arguing with the bishop, with brother priests, with the faithful, and to end up with a sour face: this is not bearing witness. … When Jesus is at the center, these difficulties are there all the same, they are everywhere, but we face them in a different way. In a convent, perhaps I don’t like the superior, but I tolerate her and I ensure that the superiors understand the situation. But no one can take away my joy: the joy of following Jesus.”

-- Meeting with clergy, men and women religious and permanent deacons of Naples archdiocese, March 22, 2015

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